A NEW ENEMY: It's been a tumultuous couple of years for the Common Core. But now, some states are beginning to focus attentions on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and whether they live up to school and parent expectations. Chalkbeat reports that as Indiana prepares to update its existing science standards, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says that NGSS is just one guide that Indiana’s standards-setting committee will look at, as was the case with the state’s new English and math standards. This worries Erin Tuttle, who helped found "Hoosiers Against Common Core" and told Chalkbeat that the NGSS are nothing more than “sister standards to Common Core.” Iowa, on the other hand, appears a bit more optimistic; the Iowa Board of Education briefly discussed adopting NGSS this past Thursday, but are waiting to make a decision until it receives a state task force report. More here.